The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing Hardcover – 5 May 2016
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About the Author
Bill Mooney lives in Lexington, Kentucky. He served as the associate editor of the old Thoroughbred Record for several years, as the associate editor of The Thoroughbred Times for several years, and was a staff writer for Blood-Horse magazine for four years. He has two Eclipse Awards for magazine writing, and has also received honourable mentions in the Eclipse competition on four other occasions. George Ennor was a racing correspondent for The Sporting Life for almost 40 years and before becoming a regular columnist on the Racing Post. Until his death in late 2005, he was a consultant to the sports agency Racenews. He owned shares in some horses - most notably Pelours (who won in his colours) and Gales Cavalier. Graeme Kelly has been writing about horse racing in Australia for many years as a journalist and author.
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First published in 2000, new editions have come out at random intervals - 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 - and this (at the start of 2018) is the current, edition, published in (late) 2016 (most race records include results up to and including 2016).
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